Setting the Record Straight on the “DREAM Act”
June 06 2011
During a visit to Ellis Island last week, Sarah Palin, who made the famed immigration entry point a stop on her One Nation bus tour, expounded on immigration and praised the contributions that immigrants have made to our country. Yet in the very next breath, Ms. Palin criticized the “DREAM Act,” saying it would upend that process by allowing students to be granted automatic citizenship. Watch her remarks below.
Palin couldn’t be further from the truth in her understanding of the “DREAM Act.” In fact, the act would do the exact opposite of what she suggests. Under the provisions of the “DREAM Act,” applicants who have grown up in the United States would be required to either attend college or serve in the military after they graduate from high school in the U.S. and undergo background checks in order to eventually obtain permanent status and become eligible for U.S. citizenship. That is hardly “usurping” the process, as she mentions in the video. To set the record straight, MSNBC’s The Ed Show recently featured NCLR’s Director of Immigration and National Campaigns, Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro. She commented on Sarah Palin’s remarks and talked about the potential consequences for Republican and Democratic candidates for office who plan on towing the anti-immigrant line. Check out the video below.
Issues: DREAM Act, Policy and Legislation Details, Immigration
Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas